Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Nikon CoolPix S8100

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Nikon's CoolPix S8100 is definately an amazing compact mega zoom camera. The S8100 was an upgrade to Nikon's S8000. Don't let the drop from 14 megapixels to 12.1 fool you, the camera is definiately a step up. The cameras both share the 10x optical zoom. With a lens equivalent to a 30-300 mm lens.

A new upgrade to the S8100 is the BSI (backside illuminated) CMOS sensor. The BSI CMOS sensor allows for more light to enter the diode, increasing the performance in low light settings. Making the S8100 a great camera for indoor photos. The camera responsiveness and shutter speed are also remarkably fast.

The camera is sized just right as a compact camera measuring in at 4.1 x 2.4 x 1.2 inches. This makes it small enough to easily fit into a shirt pocket but large enough that it is easy to hold in your hand. It boasts a sharp / clear 3 inch LCD display on the back. The controls are easy to use and are simple to understand. Common with most telespcoping lenses, the S8100 shows a small amount of distortion when reaching it's maximum zoom level. 

You can take very clear pictures because the camera uses two different strategies to deal with stabilization. It uses both digital and optical stabilization. The camera also shows off an impressive set of macro settings. It was amazing to see how close you could get and the fine level of detail picked up by the camera. The S8100 offers a full range of ISO settings. Offering both auto settings and manual setups from 160 to 3200.  The S8100 is reported to be best at an ISO of 200 though.

You can take both JPEG and .MOV videos. The pictures are recorded at 4000 x 3000 pixels, while video is recorded at 1080p at 30 frames a second. The video option is impressive but not quite to the same caliber as a dedicated video camera.

The Nikon CoolPix S8100 is at an outstanding price point of about $250 to $300. For the price this camera makes an great buy. Both professionals and amatures are giving the CoolPix S8100 their praise.

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